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COMARA Activities.

  • 2017 Election for COMARA Board of Directors ended.
    All Nominees were elected by 40 voters for a three year term.
    • Denis Curtin
    • Dan DiFonzo
    • Bob Kinzie
  • COMARA Social and Annual Meeting - Sep 24, 2017
    See some photos from the event.

First Wednesday Dec 6, 2017
Woodside Deli, Germantown Commons Time: 1:30 - 4:00 pm.

Next Board Meeting

Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 11:30am
Chez Kinzie

The Satellite Exhibit is
Open at the National Electronics Museum
Near BWI (Nursery Rd)



2017 COMSAT Alumni Social - Sep. 24

Note from Maury Mechanick to Joe Pelton
On behalf of the COMARA Board and the entire COMARA membership, I wanted to express our gratitude to you and Eloise for hosting the 2017 COMARA Fall Social and Annual Meeting at your home in Arlington. We could not have had a more perfect and accommodating venue for the event, and I know that everyone in attendance had a great time. Your cuisine selection was outstanding, and the Octoberfest theme (from pretzel bread to bratwurst and everything in-between) resulted in a truly memorable feast for all of the attendees. I also learned a great deal about the Intelsat-II saga which I had never heard before, and commemorating the 50th Anniversary of its launch was a perfect complement to the rest of the festivities. Your generosity and kindness of heart is greatly appreciated by the entire COMARA family.

Thanks again for everything.
Maury Mechanick, President, COMARA Board of Directors

Joe and Eloise Serve Cake Joe Pelton again offered his house in Chain Bridge Forest in Arlington as the venue for this year's Reunion. Thirty two members attended.
See some photos of Joe and Eloise's Octoberfest feast, the comfortable setting and photos of some of the attendees. If you took any photos at the Social, please send them to the webmaster so they can be added to this collection. Thanks to Maury Mechanick who provided 8 photos.

The Social includes the Annual Meeting. Maury Mechanick gave his report. COMARA is currently adequately funded and organized. We thank all members who have contributed dues as this is an important part of our health.

A number of COMARA members have taken important assignments with the Satellite Gallery at the National Electronics Museum. The NEM does a lot of education of high school age students.

First Wednesday in December (Dec 6) at Woodside Deli

Woodside Deli - Germantown Commons This is a reminder that the annual 1st Wednesday in December COMSAT Employees Get-to-gather is rapidly approaching. The event will be held at the Woodside Deli in Germantown. Originally, this was for Labs employees, but now it has evolved to include all COMSAT Alumni, spouses and significant others.

It is a completely informal gathering starting 1:30pm. There has been a lot of discussion about the starting time, and this is the concensus. Many people would like to be home before it gets dark.

See the 2017 FirstWednesday announcement for more information

Satellite Gallery Opens at National Electronics Museum--July 10, 2017

The "Satellites: Transforming our Lives" exhibit--after 5 years of fund raising, collecting artifacts, and careful design is finally opening at the National Electronics Museum as of July 10, 2017. It was a long hard slog to raise over $600,000 from some 50 different contributors, to put together the exhibit artifacts including satellites and launchers, create the Arthur C. Clarke mini-theater, display the entire SSPI Hall of Fame--among many other wonderful features. The committee that made this happen are to be congratulated. They include Denis Curtin, Maury Mechanick, Ellen Hoff, Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Ramesh Gupta, Scott Chase, and Joe Pelton, who has chaired the effort over the past 5 years. The opening will be as of July 10, 2017 and there will be a special gala opening in the Fall for members of the Maryland state government, industry officials, the SSPI, the Hall of Fame and major contributors.

A "soft opening" celebration among the satellite gallery organizers and designers was held on Sunday June 25th to review the exhibit in its shakedown mode. Pictured are in the introductory foyer of the satellite gallery are:

Ellen Hoff (Satellite Gallery Committee and SSPI Hall of Fame), Michael Simons (National Electronics Museum Director), Ruth-Pritchard Kelly (Satellite Gallery Committee and representative on behalf of Wilbur Pritchard), Denis Curtin (Satellite Gallery Committee and SSPI Hall of Fame), Joseph Pelton (Chair, Satellite Gallery Committee and SSPI Hall of Fame), and Maury Mechanick ((Satellite Gallery Committee and President of COMARA)

July National Electronics Museum Newsletter

Read more about activities at the National Electronics Museum (Near BWI Airport)

July is going to be a fun, busy month! Our first session of Pioneer Camp is July 26-27 and there are still spots available. We've almost reached our goal amount on our GoFundMe campaign to fully fund 12 campers this year! There's still time to donate and any additional donations will go towards next year's sponsorships.

We also have an official opening date for Satellites: Transforming Our Lives: July 10th! I can't think of a more perfect time for active duty military to come in with their families to participate in Blue Star Museums!

Julia Tontala
Visitor Services Representative
National Electronics Museum

Pictures from 8th Annual IRAA/COMARA & Intelsat Summer Picnic

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Seneca Creek State Park - Buck Pavillion
Hosted by Intelsat Retirees & Alumni Association

2017 IRAA/COMARA Picnic Photos We have some photos taken at the 2017 Picnic on May 21. These are hosted on Google Photos.
Alan Olson and his crew provided a great menu featuring Peruvian chicken, burgers, grilled vegetables, desserts, and salads.
The weather was great and all who showed up enjoyed the conversation and comaraderie. We hope more COMARA members will take advantage of the event next year. We are under a shelter so we are sheltered from hot sun or rain. There are lots of places to sit.

Have you paid dues for 2017?

So many New Year's Resolutions are quickly broken and forgotten, but one resolution you should work on is to keep up with your annual COMARA membership dues. Already 193 members are paid up for 2017. The COMARA Board of Directors wholeheartedly thanks each of you who are already paid up for 2017.

Your dues are needed to support COMARA's mission of keeping the COMSAT Legacy alive and paying for this year's operational expenses such as the COMARA web site. COMARA.ORG has lots of wonderful links to legacy materials, membership contact data, and retiree benefits information.

If you cannot remember whether or not you are already paid up, you can check your dues status by signing in to COMARA.ORG and seeing if the text at the top left side next to your name says "Dues paid in current year" or "Future dues paid".
For the 600 of you are not already paid up, please mail your dues check of $15 for 1 year or better yet $30 for 2 years to:

PO Box 34594
Bethesda, MD 20827

Don't forget you can also pay your dues via the PayPal link at the bottom of the COMARA home page.

Your membership dues status is shown at the top of our Home Page after you sign in. If you have already paid your 2017 membership dues, thank you for your support. If you have not yet paid your 2017 membership dues of $15 per year, please send a check to COMARA using our PO Box or use PayPal. Better yet, please send in $30 for both your 2017 and 2018 membership dues.
PO Box 34594
Bethesda, MD 20827
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  • Peter Jacxsens - 2015
  • David Lee - 2015
  • Maury Mechanick - 2015
  • Fred Kelly - 2016
  • Geza Serenyi - 2016
  • Ron Johnson - 2016
  • Denis Curtin - 2017
  • Dan DiFonzo - 2017
  • Bob Kinzie - 2017
  • Maury Mechanick - President
  • Fred Kelly - Secretary
  • Geza Serenyi - Treasurer
  • Denis Curtin - Social
  • Peter Jacxsens - Membership
  • Ron Johnson - 1st Wednesday
  • Paul Schrantz - Legacy
  • Rich Lustig - Benefits
  • Jack Hannon - Benefits
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